LONDON – BBC Worldwide has topped a busy week of sales at the Mipcom TV market with deals for two of its flagship drama series in the U.S. and Germany.
Time Travelling sci-fi series “Doctor Who” is set to touch down in Germany next year, following a deal struck with commercial broadcaster ProSieben, while U.S. cable network AMC has come on board as a coproduction partner on series three of “Hustle,” the latest Brit hit from U.K. indie producer Kudos.
The latter deal, brokered by BBC Worldwide Americas, follows a similar coproduction with A&E on the Kudos spy drama “Spooks,” which airs in the U.S. as “MI-5”. AMC has also picked up exclusive rights for the first and second series of “Hustle,” which co-stars Adrian Lester and Robert Vaughn as members of a gang of con artists. Series is set to premiere on AMC in January 2006.
“Hustle is the epitome of cinematic cool, a tribute to the great heist and caper films of the past, which will fit perfectly within our slate of original programs,” said Rob Sorcher, executive VP at AMC. “Like recent films such as ‘Oceans 11’ and ‘The Italian Job,’ film fans will love this series.”
ProSieben, meanwhile, has licensed both the first and second series of the new “Dr. Who.” Updated for the BBC by Russell T. Davies, the first series starred Christopher Ecclestone and Billie Piper and has now been licensed to broadcasters in 16 countries worldwide. The new 13-part adventure is currently filming in Wales and has also been picked by Canada’s CBC.